The month of March is certainly a celebration of reading! It’s officially National March into Literacy month. March 3rd was the 17th annual Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. And this all coincides with the birthday of the renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, born on March 2, 1904. Whew — that’s a lot going on!   I’m an avid reader and have been since I was a kid. So, around my house, we read every day. … continued…

Back to School Pam Freeman

What if you replaced crust with ground beef? You get a crustless, spinach-filled “pie,” that’s what. I saw a breakfast recipe using sausage that inspired me to try this–and I was looking for a way to make something spinach-filled to celebrate National Spinach Day. This is a fun way to serve up something that will keep the low-carbers happy. I used regular-sized muffin tins, but you could make tiny little pies by pressing the beef into mini-muffin tins and filling … continued…

Mini Beef and Spinach Pies
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Back in October we talked about the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day, even for people who get the recommended amount of exercise each week. Studies show that being sedentary for most of the day has poor health consequences. Check out the Get Up and Moving! post. For many people, the amount of activity they can get at work is seemingly limited by having to get most things done at a desk or on a computer. Here … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

Let’s make March the time to take stock and do some spring cleaning in the kitchen. Here are a few tasks for your list.   1. Check smoke alarm batteries. Fire departments everywhere try to remind us to change the batteries with the spring fall seasons… check your batteries and change ‘em.   2. Along the same safety line, think about adding a small fire extinguisher to your kitchen. Keep it handy below your sink or next to your range. … continued…

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I use wonton wrappers to escape making pasta, but if you like to make your own pasta sheets, by all means, do! The wonton wrappers are surprisingly easy to handle. One tip for any leftovers: if you have to store leftover ravioli, try to store them sauced in a single layer—they tend to stick together when stacked.   Prep time: About 25 minutes Cook time: About 20 minutes Makes about 32 ravioli   Sauce: 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 … continued…

Beef Raviloi
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This recipe packs a lot of flavor from few ingredients. It is simple to prepare. Clean and chop the mushrooms and give the tomatoes a rinse, and since you cook the vegetables in the same pan as the steak, clean up is simple too. For March, grape tomatoes are the way to go, as they always seem sweet, no matter the season. Prep time: about 5 minutes Cook time: about 15 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons olive oil 1 … continued…

Sirloin with Wild Mushrooms Tomatoes
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Face it–everyone, no matter their heritage, likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are five great culinary ideas that can be a great part of your day.   1. Make soda bread. There’s no excuse to not make a fresh batch of bread. Soda bread is easy to whip up, cooks fast and everyone loves a warm loaf of bread on the table. Here’s the recipe I will be making: http://kerrygoldusa.com/recipe/mummys-brown-irish-soda-bread-from-darina-allen/   2. Learn to use beer in your cooking. … continued…

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A common misconception is that healthy food is tasteless but that is far from the truth! Healthy food not only tastes good when prepared right but it also makes us feel good.   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month® and this year the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme could cover a variety of topics but I want to focus more on the process of enjoying our food by … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

This couldn’t be simpler or quicker or a bigger hit. My family (a.k.a. my testers) asked for repeats on this one. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 17 minutes Serves 8   2 teaspoons oil 1 medium onion, sliced 1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup mild cheese sauce (prepared, in a jar) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire 1 loaf (about 16 ounces) French bread   1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Heat oil in large, non-stick … continued…

French Bread Pizza
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I love the combination of pasta and rice, but there’s no reason you need to buy that combination from a box. This comes together so simply with ingredients that are probably in your pantry already (add fine egg noodles to your list of pantry staples—you’ll make this often). This is a beautiful one-pot meal. Add a salad and the meal is complete. Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook Time: About 25 minutes Serves 4   1 teaspoon oil 1 pound … continued…

Sirloin Rice and Pasta
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